Charlize Theron Admits She Was ‘In Survival Mode’ On ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Set

Mad Max: Fury Road captivated audiences all over the world and has earned its reputation as one of the finest action films ever made. Its stars, Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron did not get along during filming. A new oral history cracks the lid open on what really happened on set.

Oil And Water

Theron and Hardy “have completely different approaches to their craft,” co-star Rosie Huntington-Whitely told Kyle Buchanan for his oral history Blood, Sweat, and Chrome: The Wild and True Story of Mad Max: Fury Road. Hardy is a more physical performer who tries many things while Theron is cerebral and consistent. The two had animosity going back to preproduction.

Co-star Nicholas Hoult said, “It was a tense atmosphere at times,” as if parents were arguing. Theron agreed. “We were either fighting or we were icing each other—I don’t know which one is worse—and they had to deal with it in the back. It was horrible! We should not have done that; we should have been better. I can own up to that.”

Heard Rumblings Before

Rumors have swirled for ages that conditions on set were lousy. The National Enquirer once claimed Theron hated making the film and refused to do any sequels. In reality, Theron wasn’t asked to return to the franchise, much to her disappointment. In hindsight, that story did nail the rivalry between Theron and Hardy.

From The Word Go

The first fight scene shot was the chain-wrench fight by the tanker. The film’s editor, J. Houston Yang, says “boy…


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